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Hit Down on the Golfball with your Irons

Posted by ironsolid on November 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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I really like this demonstration by PGA Teaching Professional Zach Allen.  The throw the club into the ground drill gives you the sensation.  The IronSolid training device will help you train this correct angle of descent for hitting a tour quality iron shot every time.

Simple but Effective Practice Routine with the IronSolid

Posted by ironsolid on October 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Time.  A resource that we all wished we could have more, ecspecially when it comes to our golf game and the necessary skill development needed to play to our potential.  This past year has been chaotic and very hectic for me, and my golf performance suffered.  In season end review I started out playing really well, had a consistent practice plan and worked on the area's of my game that were costing me the most strokes.  As spring turned into summer my life completely turn upside down and all practice was set aside.  My rounds of golf, when I could find the time, were lace up the shoes and hit a few balls on the practice range and then head to the #1 tee box, hoping I could find my swing during the round.

This approach was causing some very inconsistent play.  It is very tough to "fix" a swing during the round.  Do to time restrictions and playing a lot of resort golf this year I came up with a very simple but effective practice routine that ended up paying huge divedends at the end of the season with some excellent rounds of golf in early October.

Here is the approach.  What you need is the IronSolid training device an one alignment stick from Izzo Golf.  I limit my time to 15 minutes of hitting shots at the range and 5 minutes of putting before teeing off.

The set up is simple, point the alignment stick down range at a spcific target.  Line up the IronSolid so that the edge away from you is parallel to the alignment stick.  Place the practice ball the distance in front of the IronSolid for the desired shot.

In this photo I am hitting a gap wedge so I am making sure that I hit down on the ball.  Hit the practice ball, check your divot and then slide the IronSolid down the alignment stick and repeat.  

This simple set up provides you with immediate feedback on alignment, direction of your swing path and your divot shape and depth. I can instantly make any type of adjustments to make sure I am making crisp solid contact.  I work my way through my gap wedge, 8-iron, 6-iron and 4-iron. Using the same set up and approach.  

I will adjust the practice ball accordingly in front of the IronSolid, but there have been times when I can hit my 4-iron with the same set up as my gap wedge without hitting the IronSolid.  

I will also hit my 3-wood and driver off to the side, then step in and hit an iron shot in the set up simulating the way you play a golf hole.  I have actually simulated playing the entire front nine in this type of practice routine in 15 minutes.  Only thing missing was the putting and sand shots.

Here is the beauty of this type of practice, it helps you dial in your iron skills very quickly.  It really helps build confidence with your set up and alignment.  Once you start making solid contact and hitting iron shots crisp, you are ready to take it to the course and test your skill.

Try this simple but effective practice routine and watch your greens in regulation go up and your scores go down.

Hit it Solid, IronSolid!



Patience. Is there a quick fix for iron play?

Posted by ironsolid on July 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Where has all the patience gone in this world? Smart phones, Texting,Twitter, Social Media, Reality TV, people are geared towards instant and immediate response. Everyone wants it NOW!

The process or the journey to get your golf swing tuned is 99% of the fun in golf.   When I play the game it is the test of my practice sessions, the feed back is my score.  More importantly I chart my rounds, if you are not charting your rounds you should be.  The information is invaluable.  Where do you lose your strokes when you take the test?

Lately I have worked extremely hard on my short game, my wedge play and my putting.  My scores have reflected that practice. Double bogeys or worse are becoming very rare on my score card now a days, birdies more frequent.  My sand play isn't the greatest and sometimes shoots me in the foot, but I know that.  Putting is takes practice, which is going well for me.

Is there a quick fix in the golf swing?  Yes it is called PATIENCE.  Let's face it, I am in the training aid business with the IronSolid product.  I invested the time in the research and the investment to patent the product and go to production.  Why? I want to give something back to the recreational golfer, because that is what I am.  I am YOU, the mid to high handi-capper. Can professionals and low handi-cappers use the IronSolid, absolutely but that is not the golfer that the IronSolid is intended for, it is the once a week golfer that struggles with iron play, particularly ball striking skills, and has little time to practice.

Patience is what inspired me to come up with a training aid to help my iron play.  I took a golf lesson (once), I dropped 30 bucks for a 30 minute lesson with a teaching pro, what was I taught?  Grip, stance, alignment.  Not once did that teaching pro explain to me what differentiated the professional from the recreational golfer, and it wasn't the fact that I am bigger and stronger than 95% of the touring professionals and I can not hit a 5 iron 205 yards. I was patient and I did grip, stance, an alignment for 12 years (bought 3 new sets of game improvement irons), my game didn't improve, in fact it got worse.

Once I was educated on what actually takes place (the physics) when the best players on this planet hit an iron shot then the light bulb went off, for me.  The drill I used to train me to hit down on the golf ball with an iron led to the development of the IronSolid. The drill was sound, I was not, and taking that drill to the practice range was embarassing.  There is no quick fix to the golf swing.  Patience was the quick fix.

Here is my point, if you play recreational golf and want to improve your iron play, the key is patience.  Be patient, make sure you are practicing intelligently, if you are losing shots from the tee box, then get that driver out and find that groove.  My research points towards iron shots being the number one place most recreational golfers lose shots.  So I practice irons the majority of the time. Short game is the number one area, wedges.  You don't need a full swing to play those shots so any golfer can get skilled in that area. But have the patience to practice, don't complain about your score if all you are doing is taking the test and never studying for it, and then wondering why you are not improving. 

The season is winding down, three more months of play up here in Western PA.  The quick fix for iron play is the IronSolid. The question is do you have the PATIENCE?

Hit it Solid. IronSolid! Buy the IronSolid Here


Tour Striker Review - IronSolid

Posted by ironsolid on July 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Tour Striker golf training club review, this iron training device is getting a lot of publicity. The premise of the Tour Striker is very similar to the IronSolid training device, promote a descending blow when hitting an iron shot.


Here is my review and the differences that are obvious between the IronSolid and Tour Striker.





Both devices are training the same concept, promote muscle memory for the correct solid contact with a golf ball with an iron or a hybrid club.


The points of difference are:


#1 cost, the Tour Striker costs $99.99/$129.99 and the IronSolid costs $29.95, less than a dozen of quality golf balls.


#2 the Tour Striker comes in several iron sizes, i.e. 8 iron, 7 iron, Wedge and also comes in a Pro Model, which one do you choose? You use your own clubs with the IronSolid training device.


#3 the length loft and lie of the Tour Striker is not easily custom fitted for your particular golf swing and is an additional cost, because you are using your own clubs (and if they are fitted properly) this is not a problem with the IronSolid training device.


#4 you can use the IronSolid with any iron or hybrid from any lie, even out of the sand, with your own set of clubs, with the Tour Striker you have to buy multiple clubs to accomplish the same thing.


#5 you can store the IronSolid in your golf bag after your pre round practice session, if you use the Tour Striker you will have to remove it from your bag before teeing off so that you keep yourself at the 14 club limit, otherwise you will incur penality.


One of the main advantages of the IronSolid training device is the simplicity and the rate of skill development in a very short time. The IronSolid helps promote the correct angle of attack that has been precisely measured with high speed video cameras of tour player swings, within one practice session you will begin improving the quality of the contact with your irons.


I believe the Tour Striker is an excellent idea and product, what the training device promotes is exactly what the IronSolid device accomplishes, the difference being, cost and simplicity, and with the IronSolid you are using your own set of clubs.


Hit it Solid!


Hitting Solid Iron Shots Lead to Personal Best Score

Posted by ironsolid on June 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hitting Solid Iron Shots Lead to Personal Best Score

From an IronSolid customer and a golfer I spoke with about his iron play.  A few minor adjustments to his approach had him hitting down and through the ball with his irons consistently.  Increased distance with less effort and better control resulted.  

This leads to the following e-mail.

From: John_Kling@XXXX.com

To: al@ironsolid.com

Received-On: 06-03-2013 08:38

Subject: Check this out.  


Your swing changes finally all clicked in for me last night.  Check it out.  This is on the Nemours course at Dupont.  Effortless iron shots all landing on the green.  First time I ever cracked 80.  78!  The feeling was awesome.



This is why the IronSolid was invented and made available to the golfing public.  Nothing brings me greater satisfaction than receiving these success stories.

Hit It Solid!


Simple but Effective Practice Routine with the IronSolid

Posted by ironsolid on April 26, 2013 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Simple Practice Routine Using the IronSolid

Living in the Ohio Valley during the winter months pretty much takes the golf club out of your hands for 5 months of the year. I am fortunate enough that I have a SwingBox at my disposal so when I get the urge I can go into my man cave and hit a small bucket of golf balls.

Although this is a good distraction the anticipation of hitting an iron shot off the practice turf at the range in the early spring is still like Christmas morning to me every year. This year my first round of golf was played at the Dye Club in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Dye Club has tremendous practice facilities and is one of the best golf courses on the eastern seaboard. I have set up a simple but effective practice routine using the IronSolid and a directional stick. The set up is simple, point the directional stick down range towards your intended target, set the IronSolid next to the directional stick, make sure the edge away from you is parallel with the directional stick. Place a range ball 4-5 ball lengths in front of the IronSolid, set up perpendicular to the directional stick to make sure you are checking your alignment with each shot and hit about 15-20 shots down range with an 9 or 8 iron, concentrating on solid contact.

The goal is to hit the ball then the turf, do not contact the IronSolid on the take away or the down swing. I work my way from the top of the directional stick to the bottom, checking my divots for direction and depth. It is very simple to move the IronSolid down this line. By aligning the IronSolid’s edge parallel to the directional stick I get a visual cue to make sure my swing path is inside the ball, the closest edge of the IronSolid provides a nice swing path guideline from inside the golf ball along the 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock path line.

Like most recreational golfers I have a tendency to cut across the ball from the outside in when I am not hitting my irons solid. This drill eliminates that action quickly. The feedback that is provided by the IronSolid helps me dial in my angle of attack and the swing path that I desire.  In a very short time I am hitting solid, crisp iron shots.  I can immediately take that to the course and I will enjoy my round by hitting more greens in regulation.

Try this out when you hit the practice range, I think you will find it beneficial.

Hit It Solid! IronSolid.

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The Shiny New Club Syndrome

Posted by ironsolid on December 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We’ve all been there, you run into a golfing friend at the club, “Hey how you hitting them?” you ask. His reply, “Great, I got that new set of irons and that new driver, amazing technology.” About three weeks go by and you run into the same golfing friend, the enthusiasm has worn off the shiny new clubs, the technology is just OK now, as he still struggles with his game, because after all what really matters is the quality of his shots or the numbers he is writing on his score card.

Buying a better game or score is golfers paradise. I call this the Shiny New Club Syndrome. The same golfer would never humble them self to actually taking some meaningful instruction or learning to practice with purpose to improve their golf performance but they will buy the Shiny New Club. Sounds a bit exaggerated but ultimately it’s true. Golfers all love to see and try the shiny new club, but before long, it’s not so shiny, it’s not so cool, and then we want a newer club.


Nice cut away view of the Taylormade Rocket Blade Irons. Now that will improve your ball striking, right?

Instead of searching out time- tested and scientifically-validated principles and theories, you’re always on the lookout for the next trick and or trend in golf club technology! It’s human nature. We all get excited over the newest thing in club technology. Even me. It’s the premise on which all golf club marketing is based - get people’s emotions flowing over the shiny new club! A few weeks later, we forget all about it. We have all been there. The cycle repeats itself over and over.

We have the shiny new club but the same old ball striking skills, which unfortunately until fixed will show up, usually in the most in opportune time, when we need to be spot on with an iron shot. I have nothing against technology in golf equipment, but the truth is as technology has advanced, the average handicaps have also advanced in the wrong direction. So I am sure it’s not the technology, right? Of course not. Besides the Shiny New Club every golfer wants the Quick Fix. You know the one move, grip change, or tip that will suddenly change your entire ball striking capability from mediocre to excellent. This is known and Pard-Science, or….Partner Science. Your golf partner reads everything about golf, and each week he is coming up with a new “tip” that will fix his and your game. Do this _____________(fill in the blank), that is what Rory does and he is Number 1 in the world. This rarely, if ever work for the recreational golfer.

What we all are searching for is consistent iron play, solid crisp ball striking skills, distance and accuracy control, and maybe the skill to shape a shot when necessary. No Shiny New Club or Quick Fix is going to provide that consistent iron play. I hate to tell you, those results will only come through some diligent, well thought out practice. The key is to practice what will matters the most, aimlessly beating balls down the practice range is unproductive so stop wasting your time and money.

There are Five Swing Dynamics that I adhere to that I learned from Bobby Clampett’s great book the Impact Zone: These are dynamic principles that every great ball striker exhibits, not to be confused with style, which varies from golf to golfer.

1. Flat Left Wrist at Impact (solid impact position)

2. The Forward Swing Bottom (hitting the golf ball before the ground)

3. Proper Loading (the Wrist Cock)

4. Lag and Body Pivot (the Golf Swings Workhorse)

5. Straight Plane Line Through the Impact Zone (the Guiding Dynamic)

The IronSolid training aid will help you build these dynamics into your golf swing regardless of your style. Used properly the IronSolid makes the golfer hit the ball first prior to hitting the ground, other wise you will contact the training aid. This bothers a lot of golfers, they let their ego get into the way. My advice to those with big egos, hit the practice range when no one is around and try using the IronSolid.

Here is what I’ve noticed, the “good” golfers, club pro’s, very low handicap players, and collegiate golfers, have no issue using the IronSolid, they actually like the training aid. The recreational golfer, has a problem, because they have to change. Well change is good if you want to become a better ball striker.

Of course you could always just go out and buy the Shiny New Club, it will feel good for a while then you will be back to where you started. This year, buy the IronSolid for $29.95, save yourself around $700.00 or more and build better ball striking skills, you will find your old clubs work fine. Buy the IronSolid right here! and Hit It Solid!


The Impact Zone - all tour players are the same

Posted by ironsolid on September 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Just finished up reading the book titled "The Impact Zone" by Bobby Clampett.  It talks about mastering the moment of truth - the area right before and right after the golf club contacts the golf ball.  It is a unique instructional guide to the dynamics of the golf swing all focused around making solid consistent contact with the golf ball.  It starts with the putting stroke (dynamic #1 - flat left wrist), takes you through chipping (dynamic #2 - forward swing bottom), then on to pitching (dynamic #3 - loading the club on the backswing), to the full swing (dynamic #4 - lagging the load through the impact zone) and finally swing path direction (dynamic #5 - swinging the club along a straight plane line through the impact zone).

While most of the instruction is centered around hitting a consistent and solid iron shot, there is also some interesting information about what happens when PGA Tour Pro hits the driver - they hit the ball on the down swing.......

The book is loaded with good information, some of the story telling is lacking and I feel wasn't necessary to get across the point Bobby was trying to hammer home.  This book cemented in my thought process what really takes place when a PGA Touring Pro hits an iron shot.  For research they used SwingVision high speed slo-motion video to analyze what happens in the impact zone - seeing that Bobby Clampett worked for CBS as an on course analyst he had plenty of video to watch.  When I was researching the design for the IronSolid training device I watched about 50 hours of video to determine that all of the PGA Touring Pro's hit the ball with a descending blow when hitting an iron shot, regardless of their stature or what their swing style looked like.

One of the biggest take aways for me, was the great explanation of swing "style" versus swing "dynamics".  Style is what most recreational golfers chase when trying to hit a consistent quality iron shot.  Style are individual preferences such as grip, stance, length of backswing, follow through and over all swing methods. Dynamics are what every PGA Tour Pro has in common, or they wouldn't be playing at the highest level.  These could be called "fundamentals" but that would confuse most golfers, since we tend to think of fundamentals as grip, stance, posture, back swing, follow through and so on.

The majority of golf teachers teach these 'fundamentals' to the majority of the recreational students.  When I learned golf that is what I was taught.  Then along came high speed slo-motion video and we discovered what really happens in the moment of truth -  these dynamics.

Dynamic #1 - you must hit the ball with a flat left wrist, Dynamic #2 - you must hit the ball first then the ground, so that means the bottom of your swing arc is forward of the ball, Dynamic #3 - you must load the club on the back swing by hinging your left wrist, Dynamic #4 - you must lag that loaded position until the last split second before contacting the golf ball, Dynamic #5 - you must have the clubface travelling along the swing plane and down the target line for the instant that club head contacts the golf ball.

The beauty of the IronSolid training device is you can not hit a good iron shot using the device unless you adhere to all five swing of these swing dynamics.  If you break any of these five swing dynamics, you will hit the IronSolid device either on the take away or the down swing when attempting to hit the golf ball.

One new thing I am going to do is practice hitting my driver using the IronSolid.  I am going to experiment with ball position and train myself to hit the ball off the tee with a slight downward path, thus moving the bottom of my driver swing arc forward of the ball.  I know this works with my fairway metals and my hybrids, so it should work well with my driver, although I do not want to contact the turf during the driver swing.  Vijay Singh, one of the great ball strikers in golf, would practice hitting his driver off the turf on the practice tee to make certain that he was hitting the ball on the downswing, and he is one of the longest and most accurate golfers on the tour.

That is my review of the book, and it confirms everything that is correct about the IronSolid training device. Hit It Solid!



How Important Is Iron Play?

Posted by ironsolid on August 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The September 2012 Golf Magazine has a very interesting article on page 94-95. The article looked at how recreational golfers play the 18th hole on Dorals Blue Monster compared to how the Pro's play the hole.  The 18th is a brute of a par 4 that gives the pros fits, it measures 467 from the tips, and boast a 4.486 scoring avergage.  From the white tees it measures a stout 422 yards.  The study tracked 74 pro's during the second round of the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship.  The study then tracked 57 golfers during a June 30, 2012 round of golf, the average handicap was 17.1, the scoring average was a whopping 5.842 for the hole!

So what was the huge difference? It was iron play!

The take away:  Average Joe Golfer hits the fairway almost as many times as the Tour pros 44% vs. 47%, although the dispersion parttern was larger for the amateurs, they difference was only 3% in fairways hit from the tee. The Tour pros actually hit more tee shots into the water hazard as they attempted to shorten the distance of the hole. The huge difference in skill level came on the second shot, just 4 of the 57 amateurs hit the green in regulation. The Tour pros hit the green in regulation 23% of the time almost 3.5 times as often as the recreational golfer.

Want lower numbers on your scorecard?  Hit more greens in regulation!

If you want to play more like the Tour pros, the numbers suggest you work on your mid irons, your chipping and putting.  With todays driver technology and the modern golf ball, most mid handicap golfers can hit the fairway with some good distance.  The break down comes when they are faced with a mid iron to the green.  If you want to write lower scores the numbers suggest you hit more greens in regulation.

With some additional practice using the IronSolid training device, you will begin to make solid contact, and learn the skill to hit solid irons.  This will improve your score, no lie.  The numbers tell the truth!

Buy the IronSolid here: http://www.ironsolid.com/apps/webstore/products/show/829959

The IronSolid Mastery Method - Putting, cut up to 6 strokes

Posted by ironsolid on August 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

As golf season continues and starts winding down to club championships and end of summer tournaments it is time to assess your golf game.  Did you have game improvement goals this season?  or are you mindlessly playing golf every week as a habit, hoping to shoot lower scores?  how was your practice routines through out the season?  did you improve this season?

If you fell short with your game in any aspect, there is still time to increase your skills and post your best scores of the season. By following the IronSolid Putting Mastery Method we have golfers cutting up to 6 strokes of their scores consistently. Just eliminating the dreaded 3 putt can move the needle lower on your score quickly.  So how do you practice to increase your putting skills? Do you have a precise methodologly? Improving your putting will lower your score, anyone can improve their putting, you really do not need to take lessons to be a very excellent putter, you just need to practice correctly and efficiently.

The IronSolid Putting Mastery Method gives you a blueprint for success, master the 10 Steps and you will improve your skills on the greens dramatically.

To master the First Step all you need to do is hole 8 putts consectutively from 10 inches! That's it, then move on to Step Two.....and start progressing to Step 10. Now that you have a method all you need to do is follow the "yellow brick" road to putting success.

Practicing putting skills will give you the biggest return on your practice time, and the good thing is putting practice is virtually free.

If you want a free copy of the IronSolid Putting Mastery Method drop me an email at al@ironsolid.com

You can also purchase the entire Mastery method here http://www.ironsolid.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2853090